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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 4:15 pm

ROLLA —  For most of the 32 minutes, Borgia dominated play in Wednesday’s MSHSAA Class 4 sectional girls basketball game.

But the Marshfield Lady Jays (24-5) grabbed a lead with 36.5 seconds to play and held on to defeat the Lady Knights (25-3), 53-50.

“It was a tough ending to the season,” Borgia Head Coach Stacia Parsell said. “We had the game under control for quite a long time. The execution in the last few minutes was not there and we put them on the free-throw line.”

Borgia led most of the game and was up 10-9 after one quarter, 30-20 at the half and 42-40 after three quarters.

Borgia watched an 11-point lead melt away in the second half as Marshfield rained seven three-point baskets after the intermission.

The key for Marshfield was senior Lauren Aldridge. The Kansas University recruit hit three three-point baskets, all in the third quarter, to spark Marshfield’s comeback. She led all scorers in the game with 26 points.

“Emily Grahl bothered her in the first half, but Aldridge stepped up after that,” Parsell said.

And Aldridge was at the line for a one-and-one with 36.5 seconds to play. Her two shots gave the Lady Jays their first advantage since early in the game.

Oddly, the officials chose to put Aldridge, the ballhandler, on the line despite the fact the collision was between a Borgia player and a player setting a pick.

This time, Marshfield didn’t give up the lead. Borgia managed one point after that, a free throw from senior standout Janie Arand.

It was only fitting that Arand scored Borgia’s final point. A four-year varsity player, Arand will continue her basketball career in the same gym next season with Missouri S&T.

Borgia led 38-27 midway through the third quarter when Marshfield nibbled its way back into the game. Between Aldridge and senior Makenna Smith, Marshfield hit the shots it missed in the first half and cut Borgia’s lead down to two points after three quarters.

Early in the fourth quarter, Borgia did what it needed to do to hold the lead. Junior Molly Arand hit a three-point shot to open the fourth quarter and Borgia seemed to have things in hand.

Even when Marshfield hit a three, the Lady Knights answered in some form.

But the Lady Knights went dry through much of the fourth quarter and didn’t connect on free throws (5-11 for the game). In the end, that proved to be Borgia’s undoing.

Parsell relied on the same six players she’s used for much of the season.

“Throughout the season, we’ve been able to wear other teams down this way,” Parsell said. “This had given us success for 25 games this season. The depth finally caught up with us. They were able to handle our pressure in the second half.”

In the first half, the difference was a 9-1 run by Borgia in the final 2:55.

Borgia continued that in the second half and seemed to be in control throughout much of the third quarter, even after sophomore post player Megan Jensen took a seat with three fouls.

“We were able to maintain the lead without Megan,” Parsell said. “We had to move Janie inside. Somewhere, we lost focus and momentum.”

At the start of the game, Janie Arand hit the first basket.

Jensen then hit the next basket, but Borgia’s lead evaporated when Aldridge nailed the next two shots, including a three-point basket to give  Marshfield its first lead of the game.

Borgia bounced back with a six-point run. Sophomore Kaylee Heggemann, Janie Arand, and junior Cassandra Halsted hit shots.

Marshfield responded, cutting  it to 10-9 by the end of the first quarter. Junior Samantha French hit a shot while Marshfield patiently looked for a chance. Senior Alison VanDiggelen then stole the ball and scored just before the buzzer.

Borgia turned to Molly Arand in the second quarter and she ignited a three-point run.

Borgia led throughout the second quarter. Molly Arand nailed two three-point baskets and a pair of two-point shots.

With the game still close, Borgia shifted into overdrive in the final 2:55 of the half. The Lady Knights got a basket from Janie Arand.

After an Aldridge free throw with 2:31 left in the second quarter, Borgia did not surrender another point in the half.

Grahl made the difference, hitting two baskets down the stretch, including a three-point play with 4.8 seconds to play, getting Aldridge to foul after Grahl stole the ball on the other end of the court.

Borgia opened the third quarter with six of the first eight points of the third quarter, but things quickly turned.

Jensen picked up her third foul and Parsell had to switch defenses. Marshfield capitalized by hitting three-point shots, the same shots which bounced away in the first half.

Borgia’s seniors, Janie Arand and Grahl, combined for 25 of the team’s 50 points.

Janie Arand also had seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Grahl also had three assists, three rebounds and two steals.

“We lose the heart and soul of this team,” Parsell said. “These two kids have played for four years and have been a part of a lot of special moments. Janie played a major part on our state team her freshman year (Borgia finished third in the 2011 season). Emily was still figuring out her role, but she became a very solid player for us.”

Molly Arand led the underclassmen with 13 points. She also had two assists.

“Molly had a very good game for us,” Parsell said.

Jensen scored seven points with eight rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal.

“Megan is one of our building blocks, along with Kaylee, Molly and Cassandra, for next year’s team,” said Parsell.

Heggemann had three points, two assists and one steal.

And Halsted scored two points with one rebound.

After Aldridge, Smith was next in scoring with nine points.

Sophomore Peyton Greenlee and VanDiggelen scored eight points apiece.

French, who missed huge chunks of the game due to foul trouble, scored the other two points.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games